The Royal Docks in the East of London is an extensive stretch of land that contains a rich range of residential, community, business and industrial uses including a sugar refinery and an airport. With much of the land remaining available for use, big changes are expected over the next several years.
The Spatial Principles for the Royal Docks is an ambitious masterplan to tackle long term change and development, and interim temporary uses, over a vast area in a strategic way. The Principles seek good relationships between site developments at their edges, and the creation of public life and social viability.
East led a multi-disciplinary team that included Sir Terry Farrell to draw up an ambitious range of proposals at a wide range of scales, that sets out spatial strategies for new housing, access to the river and the dock waters, cultural and community uses, and importantly, the reversal of wide busy roads and docks waters into human scaled streets and social spaces. With new bridges, parks, streets, buildings and infrastructural adjustments, the separated nature of the Docks, currently an ‘archipelago’ of islands, is to become intimately connected throughout, and its scale made accessible.
Proposals focus on turning the largest and underused infrastructure of all-the public realm of the roads, docks waters, and open spaces-into a green and lively public armature; a new foreground of use and activity, rather than just the spaces between buildings.
Client: London Development Agency
Project status: Framework development guidance complete 2012